Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Where To Live?

The search for a summer place continues!

I think Josh is supposed to tell his company where he'll be living by Monday. And yet we haven't found a place yet. Not even close.

I thought I'd give you a glimpse of some of our options - and feel free to vote!

#1 A Hotel in Downtown St. Joseph

The company Josh is working for this summer has actually contracted out a bunch of rooms here for their interns. We'll live in a hotel room for 12 weeks, and share a community kitchen and living room. Not exactly ideal, but they do have a pool/exercise room, provide daily breakfast, and have weekly housecleaning service. And they are actually dog-friendly!

#2 Cute Home in Holland, MI

Not super close to St. Joe, but nothing remotely affordable is. And a 45 minute commute isn't the biggest deal for 12 weeks. Don't know if they'll even take us, and don't know if it is furnished.

#3 Darling Farmhouse in South Bend, IN
These owners seem super nice, super helpful, and they want us! They live next to this rental property and have 4 dogs for Riley to play with. I can't get the picture of the front to load, but it is DARLING. Plus the place comes furnished and it is cheaper than the Holland house. BUT it is farther away from friends, family, and work in Grand Rapids. And farther from the beach! Still a 35-40 minute commute for Josh, but it is on the right side of town for that.


Jaimbob said...

Hmmm... I think I like #3, especially since Riley will have a chance to have other dogs to play with. And even though you will be a bit further then if you will be in Holland you are still closer then Bloomington, and the traffic situation seems fairly good. Though I am curious how the price of option #1 compairs with the price of the other two...

Dave and Jenni said...

I think, in order of preference, it would be hotel, South Bend, and then Holland. The only reason I chose the hotel first is because it's close and you basically get to live AT THE BEACH all summer. With a pool! But, hotel living can't be all that desirable, so if it's a true turn-off, then I'd go for South Bend.

Short Stop said...

Ok, so I'm totally reading into this, but you seem to love #3 and so I vote for that one!

buurstra+buurstra said...

Number 1 would be a no-brainer for me with the pool/exercise, maid service, breakfast,and dog-friendliness. Not to mention hanging with people that could be potential future co-workers for Josh?? And that you'll be right in town and close to the beach.

But, the cost is a factor. But, if you've got a long commute from one of the other places w/ gas prices higher...well, you get the picture.

Good luck on your decision...we'll look forward to visiting where ever you are! :)

Marlene said...

Remember this comes from your aunt who lives in California, so no matter where you live it will still be far away. I love the farmhouse. Having a little more room is great.